US warship sails near disputed South China Sea islands

The US Navy sailed a warship near the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday for the first time since Beijing began implementing a law requiring foreign vessels to give notice before entering waters it claims, local media reported. The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold “engaged in ‘normal operations’ within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef” in the Spratly […]

Japan, US defence chiefs exchange views on situation in East and South China sea

Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi and US Defence Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III held a telephonic conversation on Friday and exchanged views over the current situation in the East and South China seas, where China is expanding its military presence. Speaking to reporters, Kishi said he and the US defence chief agreed to further strengthen […]